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Ocean Month: Discovering our ocean through monitoring, observation, and exploration

The ocean provides us with vital resources and plays a large role in the climate of our planet. Let’s dive into learning about some of the ways  NOAA is dedicated to exploring and understanding our global ocean through expanding ocean exploration initiatives and increasing our observational and monitoring capacities. 

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Shannon replenishes the expendable bathythermographs (XBTs) in the XBT auto-launcher. The XBTs collect temperature data about the water column and

NOAA, DOE sign agreement to advance marine carbon dioxide removal

Today, NOAA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on future collaborations regarding marine carbon dioxide removal research and development. As a climate solution, marine carbon dioxide removal is an important pathway to achieve the broader Biden Administration goal for the U.S. to reach net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050.

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Open ocean waves

The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation is weakening in the deep sea of the North Atlantic Ocean, Study Finds

The AMOC consists of an upper cell and a deep sea or abyssal cell that sits underneath. The upper cell transports warm water from the subtropical South Atlantic Ocean across the equator northward toward high latitudes in the North Atlantic, where it cools, sinks, and flows equatorward as cold deep water. It sits atop a cell of colder, denser water at the ice edge of Antarctica known as the abyssal cell. These waters flow north along the seafloor into the North Atlantic where they slowly rise and mix with other waters that flow back to the south. Together, these cells carry a maximum of 25% of the net global ocean and atmosphere energy (heat) transport.

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A "magnificent alien" deep see sponge

Updated guide aids deepwater animal identification

NOAA Ocean Exploration’s Benthic Deepwater Animal Identification Guide has become a popular and trusted ocean science community resource and is used (and contributed to) by ocean scientists around the world to help identify animals seen during deep-ocean exploration. With the release of its fourth version in January 2024, the guide is now searchable and includes animals seen in deep waters of the Atlantic along with deepwater animals of the Pacific from earlier versions of the guide.

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